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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3508   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spéciale" (’The Special’), this beer is the most recent production. The Rochefort 8 has a more tawny colour and a more pronounced aroma, with an even richer fruitiness (a slight undertone of fig?) and a little more spiced dryness, like that of a cake, which gives a balanced finish to the final notes.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton_w (77) - - NOV 13, 2015
Long tan head. Aroma is very strong, malty, a hint of alcohol. Taste is complex with medium sweetness. medium to ful body. A classic and wxcerlent trappist beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (1034) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, some Belgian yeast, and slight booze notes. Flavor is semi-sweet dark fruits. Deceptively strong - I don’t taste the alcohol at all, and the body is much lighter than I’d expect. Lacks the complexity and heft of Rochefort 10, but definitely a great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patdelichte (174) - - NOV 11, 2015
St Annaland 11-09-2015 samen met Lou Rochefort 8 Wat minder dan de '10'. Hele zachte smaak. Donkerbruine kleur met dikke schuimkraag. Smaakt naar bruine suiker, caramel, noten. Dikke voldoende! Weinig prik in de mond maar wel een hele lekkere nasmaak (bruine suiker).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UjoKlobasa (235) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle. Dark color, hazy liquid, tan head. Higher carbonation. Wine smell. Aroma of nuts, cognac and malt. Medium sweet. Not bad, but I’ve had better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhatB420 (792) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2015
11.2 bottle into a stemmed harpoon Leviathan glass. Thanks Troll. Pours a super dark Amber/brown with Ruby highlights. Aroma of booze, raisin, grass, granola, chewy malts, figs, plums. Super huge head gives way to ample lacing and a half inch left over. Sporadic spots left over. Taste of dark fruits, yet subtle on range. Smacks you once then draws back to allow chewy malts to bump up. Tangy flow, tart going down, and full bodied fun. Nice beer right here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AntoineGRD (73) - - NOV 6, 2015
La Rochefort 8 est une bière trappiste originale et aromatisée. De couleur acajou, elle laisse évaporer des arômes de cacao très délicats et équilibrés. D'abord piquante, puis douce, la dégustation de cette bière se fait avec grand plaisir grâce à la rondeur apportée par le caramel et le chocolat. Du sucre est ajouté avant l'embouteillage afin de créer une fermentation secondaire. Cette bière se bonifie au fil du temps.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cetlin (6) - POLAND - NOV 6, 2015 does not count
Great trappist beer! Aromas of chocolate, herbs, flowers and honey. In taste dried plums, honey, chocolate and a bit of heavy wine. With every sip you get closer to heaven :-) Perfect for a long time tasting. I haven’t tried the 10 yet, but my best Belgian beer ever. To the Trappist monks! Buy a bottle to support them. Hopefully that’s one of the joys of heaven.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ston3s42 (135) - - NOV 6, 2015
Cloudy brown appearance with some bubbly head. Complex tastes of raisin, brown sugar, nuts and grass. Full body, good carbonation, and a good finish of brown sugar. Really good

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
YantarCoast (674) - Moscow, RUSSIA - NOV 4, 2015
330ml bottle from Bochka in Moscow. Pours dark brown with a big beige head. Aroma of wine and spices. Taste is caramel, spices.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
painterchiv (5) - - NOV 3, 2015 does not count
A: deep brown, murky, high carbonation, creamy, 2.5 finger head, dense tan colored head that dissipates quickly, natural looking lacing, lots of sediments in the bottom / S: prune, apricot, persimmon, dark bread, darkfruits, dried fruits, alcohol / T: date palm, prune, apricot, plums, brown bread, slight nutty flavor, brandy, a little bitterness, long aftertaste / M: full bodied, creamy, dry, warm / O: It is a 5 year old bottle, well matured, smooth and well balanced. almost good as its older brother Rochefort 10, similar but not as intense.


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